Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 2nd, 2006
There’s been a new police encounter with Bigfoot on the Lakota Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation. The activity has not slowed down there.
As informant Windsage noted within the Cryptomundo’s comments section: I lived on the Pine Ridge reservation last year (2005). You would be hard pressed to find a single person there who doesn’t believe in the existence of Bigfoot. I personally heard police on the scanners, talking excitedly about sightings and pursuits of Bigfoot. No one in their right mind would dress up in a Bigfoot costume for fear of being shot and killed. Lots of hunters around there, lol, Lakota are well armed. Also, nobody has the money to be wasting on gorilla costumes…it’s the poorest county in America. Two of my relatives out there have seen Bigfoot. Its existence is commonly accepted.
Before the new incident is detailed, let’s first put these events in the context of what’s happening around there, bioecologically.
On July 30, some of the hottest temperatures in history were recorded for South Dakota. It was 100 degrees at Mt. Rushmore, 109 degrees at Rapid City, and the record for the state was at Maurine of 114 degrees.
There are fires raging throughout the area. Above is a photograph of a hillside fire was taken in Chadron, Nebraska, but serves as a good example of the tinderbox out there. The Pine Ridge Reservation is in southern South Dakota, just north of Nebraska.
If you look at the photo below, you can see red spots. They denote forest fires. The central part of the map is Wyoming. Over to the right is South Dakota. Barely visible as a smear of red is the indicator for the Rapid City fires, and off the map, apparently, are Pine Ridge Reservation fires. Informants have said the fires can easily be seen in the hills surrounding the area.
Is the heat having an effect on local wildlife? Certainly, one result was clearly visible on Sunday, July 30, 2006. A young adult female mountain lion, appearing to be unnaturally thin, was sighted in Hot Springs, South Dakota, walking along the Fall River in the canal between the Braun Hotel and the Inn by the River motel at approximately 8 a.m. It was shot and killed.
Game, Fish and Parks Conservation Officer D.J. Schroeder told local media, “there was no immediate danger to the people from the lion due to its location in the canal, but I was concerned that if it left the canal, we may have other issues to deal with.”
This Hot Springs photo was contributed by Delbert Weiss to the media, and shows the extremely thin puma of July 30, before it was killed.
Hot Springs is about 40 miles west of the edge of the Pine Ridge Reservation, down Route 18 into the Black Hills.
Earlier in July, another thin mountain lion was also killed in this area of South Dakota.
New Police Encounter of the Bigfoot Kind
Police scanners again picked up a new Bigfoot sighting. On August 1, 2006, one woman on the rez reported to police that her dog was barking and there was a distinctive bad odor in the air. This activity occurred between 2 and 2:30 a.m. When a police unit was sent to check out what was going on, a Bigfoot was sighted. An officer was then heard to yell out, “There he is,” followed by two howls and dogs barking like something was near by. No other activity was heard on the scanner through 6 a.m.
Donovan Lone Hill of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota shares with us that the local paper is now sending a reporter around to talk to people about the Bigfoot report (according to the reporter, based upon reading of these sightings in Cryptomundo).
While on August 2nd, various CBS television local stations have decided to turn their attention to the “skins-on-the-Bigfoot” video, an apparent hoax story coming out of Boggy Creek or Bottom Monster, Atoka County, Oklahoma, the events in Pine Ridge Reservation are compelling but do not appear in any media (except on Cryptomundo), to date.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.